Kiwi import Sir Fortune made a welcome return to form for trainer Dylan Stratford and owner John Wolfe when victorious in the SBG Accountants Pace at Cranbourne on Sunday afternoon.
The four-year-old gelding showed promise in his homeland as a three-year-old and was successful on debut at Ashburton in July 2018. Imported to Australia and entrusted to Burrumbeet trainer David Barbetti, Sir Fortune recorded a first-up win at Stawell in December but his form had plateaued in recent months.
Wolfe considered moving the horse on and went so far as to place the horse on the online Trading Ring. As fate would have it, Stratford saw the advertisement and was prompted to contact Wolfe to discuss the gelding’s future.
“John races horses from Nigel McGrath’s stables in New Zealand and I’d met him during my time with Nigel before I came to Australia,” Stratford explained. “And I’d actually worked with Sir Fortune as a two-year-old.”
“I noticed the horse on the Trading Ring and thought how well treated he was under the new Ratings System especially if we could place him in moderate company on this side of town,” Stratford said.
“And so I called John and asked if I could have a go at him.”
Sir Fortune was having his first run for Stratford at Cranbourne and led all the way over the 2,080 metre journey to record a comfortable win over Dream A Moment with debutant Ima Blue Boy filling third placing.
“He came to me in really good order three weeks ago and apart from tinkering with his shoeing a little we haven’t done anything special with him. He has settled in really well and seems to be enjoying the environment here at the (Cranbourne) Training Centre,” Stratford said. “Hopefully he can win a few more in the right races”.
By David Scott
Photo: Claire Weston Photography